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Exercise affects our mental health, determined by aerobics’ intensity

We know exercising affects our mental health and brain functioning. New studies show how varied intensity of aerobics changes the effects. A new study conducted by Dartmouth college states that the low and moderate intensity of aerobics have different effects on our mental health as compared to the effects of high aerobics intensity. The study determines how cycling, swimming, running, or doing other cardio workouts changes the functioning of the brain.

The study’s lead author used fitbits for determining the intensity level of working out in about 100 participants. This longitudinal study was conducted for a span of one year, collecting real-world data. After a full year of research, it was concluded that different intensities have different effects on the human brain.

Low-level intensity reduces anxiety, relaxes the mind, promotes daydreaming, and allows mind-wandering. The moderate level intensity workout helps in problem solving and understanding the connection between the right and the wrong. After a high intensity aerobics or cardio workout, an individual is able to develop cognitive pros like improved verbal fluency, and better memorizing power.

However, researchers have put on the disclaimer clearly that since results are long-term, they need to be patiently waited for. No improved cognitive functionality can be achieved from a quick workout session. Consistency and patience is the key. This research claims longitudinal workout can lead to improved cognitive development and better mental health

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